The Tuloso-Midway Warriors Boy Soccer team held steady Thursday night at Victoria Memorial Stadium, pulling out a 1-0 victory against Victoria West to enter into the next round of the 4A playoffs.
The game was scoreless in the first half, with the Warrior defense playing extremely well against a Victoria West team they had seen earlier in the season. T-M Boys soccer coach Gabriel Alvarado said the previous loss hung heavy in the hearts of his team, but they gained the upper hand in a match-up based around a defense that was at the top of their game Thursday night.
"Our defense played extremely well, especially our goal keeper, Joseph Segura, who had 25 saves last night," Alvarado said. "The defense, they just played a great game as a team."
Twenty minutes into the second half, senior Aaron Smith put up the only goal of the night, leading to the Warrior victory. This is the first time in T-M soccer history that that a team has advanced to the Area Championship game, Alvarado said.
'I think we were a little more settled in…this time, more than we were last year. We managed to pull through, and the guys played the game of their lives out there," Alvarado said.
The boys are headed back home for Tuesday night's playoff match-up against the San Antonio Harlandale Indians, who were the No. 1 team in their district. The game will be held at Warrior Stadium beginning at 7 p.m.
Coming off a bye week, Alvarado said he believes S.A. Harlandale may be a little rusty, which he hopes will give the Warriors an advantage. He also said he expects his team to use the momentum generated from this week's victory as motivation.
"I've never seen the team before. They're from San Antonio, so no one we play has played them either. It will be two teams who have never played against each other. We're going to do what we do best, on the fly," Alvarado said. "If we play straight up the things we do well, I think we'll do fine."